GRAMMY nominee Elle King, the Top 40 rock/blues maven famous for her hit single “Ex’s and Oh’s,” will perform a free, full-length concert at Famously Hot New Year — S.C.’s largest NYE celebration — in downtown Columbia, S.C. on Dec. 31, 2017. American alternative Southern rap quartet Nappy Roots is set to perform as well, along with local hip-hop community leader FatRat Da Czar. Find details and plan a long NYE weekend in “the Real Southern Hot Spot” at www.famouslyhotnewyear.com.
Now in its seventh year, Famously Hot New Year is South Carolina’s free party of the year — bringing tens of thousands of guests to the Midlands region — complete with an international headliner, the biggest NYE fireworks in the Carolinas, regional food vendors, beer, wine and bubbly in a festive, friendly environment in the midst of Columbia, S.C.’s vibrant, walkable downtown districts.
Singer-songwriter, guitarist, bassist and banjoist Elle King’s sound is a unique assemblage of rock, blues, soul and country. The U.K. Guardian lauds her “dirt, depth and attitude,” adding that she “mixes major-label hit material with a natural-born authenticity and earthiness.” King’s performance at South Carolina’s largest free NYE event will be followed by the biggest fireworks display in the Carolinas at midnight. You can plan your #FHNY weekend at http://www.famouslyhotnewyear.com/.
The event is set in the heart of Columbia, S.C.’s historic district, with plenty of parking, hotels, restaurants and shops for those crafting a long weekend to celebrate New Year’s Eve. The concert stage is set at Gervais St. and Sumter St., which makes for a prime viewing location of the midnight fireworks show above the historic S.C. State House. FHNY is again partnering with COMET buses, and guests can also get home safely with $10 off Budweiser Alert Cabs.
Singer-songwriter, guitarist, bassist and banjoist Elle King is a musical force to be reckoned with. King encapsulates a variety of genres — from blues, soul and country to rock and pop — adding a personal flair to all styles of music she performs. Her debut album “Love Stuff,” released in 2015, includes hit songs “Ex’s and Oh’s” and “America’s Sweetheart.” Her hit single “Ex’s & Oh’s” was nominated for two GRAMMYs, two Billboard Music Awards and was certified double-platinum; she made chart history when she became the second female artist in 18 years to reach #1 at Alternative Radio, following Lorde’s #1 with “Royals” in 2013. King’s single “Ex’s & Oh’s” also claimed the #1 spot on the AAA and Hot AC charts and the #1 spot on the Billboard “Hot Rock Songs,” making her just the fourth female lead act/artist to top this chart in its six-year history.
King wowed the crowds at Stagecoach and New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival this year and will be live in Atlanta with Willie Nelson and the Hollywood Bowl in November. She is currently working on her upcoming sophomore album and will be hitting the road with more tour dates in 2018.
King released her first EP “The Elle King EP” in 2012, and gained praise from media outlets like Vanity Fair and Esquire, had songs featured on TV campaigns and was featured in VH1’s “Mob Wives Chicago” theme song. After the release of her EP, King was featured on “David Letterman,” and opportunities started flying her way. She later released her 12-song album “Love Stuff” in 2015 under producers who have worked with Kanye West, Adele and U2.
“Through laughing, jumping for joy, kicking, screaming, I feel like I finally found my sound,” said King. “I feel unbelievably lucky. I still can’t believe I’m getting away with it.”
Throughout her career, King has toured extensively with popular artists like Ed Sheeran, Train and Of Monsters and Men. In 2016 her song “Good Girls” was featured on the “Ghostbusters” original motion picture soundtrack along with artists like Fall Out Boy and acapella group Pentatonix. King has also been featured on a song with country music singer Dierks Bentley. Their song “Different for Girls” won a CMA award in 2016 for Musical Event of the Year and reached #1 on the Mediabase and Billboard Country airplay charts. You can learn more about Elle King at http://www.elleking.com/.
Two-time GRAMMY nominated hip-hop group Nappy Roots is an American alternative Southern rap quartet that is best known for their hit singles “Po’ Folks,” “Awnaw,” “Roun’ The Globe” and “Good Day.” The group is made up of artists Skinny DeVille, Fish Scales, B. Stille and Ron Clutch. Nappy Roots has been an active part of the music scene since 1998 and prides itself on constantly producing music that is real and relatable, while maintaining an ambitious touring schedule. This four-man collective is a passionate storyteller with an undeniable Southern swagger. After 10 years as independent artists and label owners, Nappy Roots will be releasing their sixth studio album, and their fourth independent release on their very own label, Nappy Roots Entertainment Group (NREG). They have most recently and notably been featured on 2014’s Neighbors film track starring Seth Rogen and Zach Efron and on 2016’s The Secret Life of Pets, along with many others. Learn more: http://nappyroots.com
FatRat Da Czar
As South Carolina’s godfather of hip-hop, FatRat Da Czar’s music career has spanned over two decades. In addition to opening for national acts to include Notorious B.I.G., Snoop Dogg, and Ms. Lauryn Hill, Czar has also engineered sessions for national artists ranging from KRS-One to Kevin Gates at the Boom Room, the hip-hop focused enclave of S.C.’s legendary Jam Room Recording Studio. Through his role as founder and executive director of the Love, Peace & Hip-Hop festival, Czar established World Famous Hip-Hop Family Day in 2013. This free annual festival dedicated to celebrating hip-hop culture has delivered artists such as Kool Moe Dee, Slick Rick, and Kid N Play to crowds of 12,000+ on Columbia, S.C.’s Main Street. https://www.fatratdaczar.com
Background and Details: Famously Hot New Year
Sponsored by the City of Columbia, Richland County, BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina, Aflac, WLTX, Q 93.5, HOT 103.9/93.9, Spirit Communications, Pepsi of the Carolinas, Colonial Life, KW Beverage and other forward-thinking corporate citizens, Famously Hot New Year is in its seventh season, in 2016 drawing approximately 24,000 people from 48 states and 11 countries to the heart of Columbia, S.C. A diverse, fun-loving crowd of all ages enjoys a safe, comfortable street celebration that extends down Gervais Street and Main Street, brimming with Southern hospitality. In addition to the huge, free #FHNY concert and the biggest NYE fireworks display in the Carolinas, guests also enjoy plentiful cash bars serving beer, wine & bubbly, while perusing and enjoying various food vendors’ fare.
Past performers have included Trombone Shorty and Orleans Avenue with Sister Hazel (2016); Ms. Lauryn Hill (2015); The O’Jays and Misterwives (2014); Kool and the Gang and Z.Z. Ward (2013); The Wallflowers, Atlantic Starr and Biz Markie (2012) and George Clinton (2011). What started in 2011 as a NYE street concert and fireworks show has grown into a major statewide celebration, set amid the capital city’s historic downtown dining and shopping districts, with multiple hotels within blocks of the festivities. Plan your #FHNY weekend at www.famouslyhotnewyear.com.
Elle King Live on NYE along w/ Nappy Roots at Famously Hot New Year in Columbia, S.C.
S.C.’s Largest Free NYE Celebration
Date: Sunday, Dec. 31, 2017
Time: 6:30 p.m. until 12:30 a.m.
Location: Gervais at Sumter in Downtown Columbia, S.C.
About Famously Hot New Year
Famously Hot New Year is South Carolina’s largest New Year’s Eve celebration, with a free, evening-length concert by an international headliner and the biggest NYE fireworks display in the Carolinas, adjacent to the historic S.C. State House in downtown Columbia, S.C. Since 2011, Famously Hot New Year has gathered diverse communities to enjoy the free concert and fireworks; regional food vendors; plentiful cash bars with beer, wine and bubbly; a festival atmosphere; free parking and more in the “Real Southern Hot Spot.” In 2016, more than 24,000 guests attended from 48 states and 11 countries. Plan your #FHNY weekend at www.famouslyhotnewyear.com.
Headliner: Elle King (Blues, Country, Rock, Pop singer-songwriter, guitarist, bassist and banjoist)
Supporting Entertainment: Nappy Roots (Southern hip-hop, rap, electronic dance music, pop, ambient, new wave and jazz); FatRat Da Czar (Hip-hop, rap)